“Confederacy Of Dunces” Headed For B’way?

Everyone in the world has tried to make a movie version (my favorite candidate to star was Divine, pictured), but John Kennedy Toole’s novel “A Confederacy of Dunces” has taken its first steps toward the stage as producers announced a legit incarnation is in the works from playwright Jeffrey Hatcher and helmer David Esbjornson. The holders of the property’s international stage rights, Bob Guza and John Hardy of Shelton Street Theatrical, aim to develop the work in a series of Gotham readings prior to tryout productions that will, it’s hoped, bring the play to Broadway. I’ll believe it when I see it. As John Waters, who was to direct the Divine version, said, “How can a movie ever live up to that book?” Same for the stage?

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